The primary two Tremendous Bowls that Jim Nantz and Tony Romo labored collectively for CBS lacked drama.
Now, each get to say they broadcast top-of-the-line finishes within the sport’s historical past.
“What a thrill to be able to say that we witnessed an overtime Super Bowl game and what will go down in history as one of the greatest games of all time and the longest Super Bowl game of all time. That’s what I’m trying to process right now,” Nantz mentioned after the Kansas City Chiefs 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers. “I’m thrilled for our team and thrilled for the sport. It was an unbelievably fitting finish to a remarkable football season.”
Nantz and producer Jim Rikhoff instantly felt they could possibly be in retailer for the second additional time sport in Tremendous Bowl historical past after San Francisco kicker Jake Moody had his extra point blocked early within the fourth quarter, which saved it at 16-13 lead.
That set the stage for Kansas Metropolis to return again twice — first to tie it in regulation after which win in additional time when Patrick Mahomes threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman to make the Chiefs the primary repeat winner in 19 years. The sport-winning TD was punctuated by Nantz saying, “Jackpot, Kansas City.”
Nantz and Romo have had many nice finishes within the playoffs since teaming up collectively in 2016, however their first two Tremendous Bowls had been duds. They’d New England’s 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in 2019 and Tampa Bay’s 31-9 rout of Kansas Metropolis two years later.
And regardless that San Francisco had a 10-3 lead in an underwhelming first half, Nantz was hopeful that the motion would decide up within the second half.
“I felt like there were going to be adjustments. Mahomes had to keep answering all these situations and scenarios. This type of game is what legends are made of,” Nantz mentioned. “If tension is the meter and the barometer of excitement and suspense, this one is up there in record territory.”
Regardless of the excessive stakes in additional time, Nantz and Romo didn’t get overwhelmed within the second. Nantz routinely let followers know that San Francisco was taking part in for a sixth Lombardi trophy, which might have tied New England for probably the most, and Kansas Metropolis was attempting to repeat, there have been additionally reminders concerning the postseason additional time guidelines, the place each groups every bought a possession.
Coincidentally, Nantz and Romo had the Buffalo-Kansas Metropolis AFC divisional spherical sport two years in the past, the place the Chiefs gained the toss and scored on the opening possession of OT with out the Payments getting the ball that mandated the modifications.
“You keep resetting for the audience, but other than that, you’re lost in a bubble,” Nantz mentioned. “In terms of just the concentration and the focus level, it’s why you do so many games. During the season, you have a routine and a team that’s working in concert together. I’m proud of our team. Sure, there was excitement, but you try to have the perfect tone. And also try not to get in the way because the pictures and the visuals were telling a pretty full story on its own.”
Rikhoff and director Mike Arnold complemented the protection within the sales space by rapidly displaying the freak Achilles injury to 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw as he ran on the sector through the first half. With 165 cameras at their disposal, CBS additionally had reverse angle views of Jauan Jennings’ TD cross to Christian McCaffrey within the first half and Travis Kelce’s 22-yard acquire late in regulation to arrange the tying subject purpose.
In addition they up to date followers about San Francisco George Kittle going into the locker room throughout additional time with a shoulder harm however rapidly returning to the sector.
“You don’t change anything in overtime. The nice thing is most of the advertising obligations are out of the way, so sometimes it’s just pure football coverage, which I love, and we were able to do that,” Rikhoff mentioned. “You can stay on the field. We were able to capture a lot of really cool moments in overtime, which was nice.”
The sport additionally marked a becoming sendoff for CBS Sports activities chairman Sean McManus, who will retire in April after the Masters. McManus was the driving power behind the community’s reacquisition of NFL rights in 1998. CBS didn’t have video games from 1994 by means of 1997 after Fox bought the NFC bundle in 1993.
This was CBS’ ninth Tremendous Bowl with McManus in cost. Nantz acknowledged McManus’ retirement late within the third quarter.
“The first half, I thought maybe this is not going to be as compelling as we would like, but that second half and the overtime, it doesn’t get any better than that,” McManus mentioned. “Jim and Tony up at the booth deserved an exciting Super Bowl. They stepped up big time and did a stellar job.”
When Nielsen releases the scores Monday afternoon, it ought to go down because the most-watched Tremendous Bowl, surpassing the 115.1 million for the Kansas City’ 38-35 victory over Philadelphia a yr in the past on Fox.
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